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Danny O’Connor ads back on TV: Capitol Letter

September 24, 2018

Danny O’Connor ads back on TV: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings

Return to the airwaves: Democratic 12th Congressional District nominee Danny O’Connor’s campaign says it’s launching its first round of TV ads of the general-election campaign on Tuesday. The roughly $300,000 ad buy includes broadcast in Columbus and Zanesville, as well as cable districtwide. Republican U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson hasn’t yet purchased ad time since his special-election victory last month.

Getting the nod: There’s an emerging trend among Ohio Democratic congressional candidates’ political ads this year -- people nodding along silently as the candidate makes his/her pitch. The liberal blog Plunderbund listed numerous examples on Twitter, including ads by O’Connor, Theresa Gasper in the 10th Congressional District (twice), Aftab Pureval in the 1st Congressional District, and Betsy Rader in the 14th Congressional District.

Union backing: The Ohio Conference of Teamsters has endorsed one Republican for statewide office this year: secretary of state nominee Frank LaRose. Teamster President Pat Darrow said in a statement that LaRose, a state senator from Hudson, is “the only candidate in this race with a record of bipartisan accomplishment.” The Ohio Conference of Teamsters usually endorses Democrats, though the union backed Rob Portman for U.S. Senate in 2016.

Rasor burn: A federal judge has ordered House District 37 Republican nominee Mike Rasor and another attorney at the law firm of Cavitch Familo & Durkin to pay sanctions for failing to timely or accurately produce materials in a trademark infringement lawsuit involving two medical device companies, writes Jeremy Nobile of Crain’s Cleveland Business. U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson ordered $365,200 in sanctions, though the language of her order isn’t clear whether Rasor, his firm, and another attorney must each pay that amount, or if that’s the total they must pay combined.

Tested and approved: The Ohio Department of Commerce announced Friday morning that ACT Laboratories Inc. in Toledo, received a private testing lab provisional license for the state’s medical marijuana program. Ohio’s medical marijuana law requires all cannabis to be tested for quality and potency by an independent lab.

Going global: The state wants more exports of Ohio products to Japan, India and a handful of Southeast Asian countries -- such as Singapore and Indonesia. On Monday, the Ohio Development Services Agency will ask a state board to approve paying $50,000 to three firms to assist in that effort. 

Under arrest: The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a Pennsylvania man Friday accused of threatening President Donald Trump and law enforcement in Mifflin Township near Columbus. The authorities were on the hunt for Shawn Richard Christy since June 19, according to the Associated Press. 

A ‘no’: The cleveland.com/Plain Dealer editorial board opposes Issue 1, the amendment that would lessen penalties for some drug crimes and direct offenders to treatment. Among its reasons, the Sunday editorial said the proposition shouldn’t be in the Ohio Constitution. 

Unchanged: Ohio’s unemployment rate from July to August to was unchanged but down from last year, according to the Associated Press.

Auditing the green: Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, who is running for attorney general, released a blistering audit of Ohio’s medical marijuana program – after people who didn’t win cannabis cultivation licenses had contributed $58,870 to his attorney general campaign, the Dayton Daily News’ Laura Bischoff found. The applicants, however, won dispensary licenses. 

Deaths keep rising: The number of Ohioans who died of drug overdoses last year reached a record 4,854 -- a 20 percent increase, reports the Columbus Dispatch’s Cathy Candisky. Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Richard Cordray in a statement called the opioid epidemic a crisis and blamed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, his GOP opponent for governor, for not doing more to address the problem. 

Resigned: Dominic Paretti, a Columbus school board member and Ohio legislative aide, resigned from both posts Friday, after he allegedly sent lewd texts to female House colleagues. Paretti worked for Rep. Janine Boyd, a Cleveland Heights Democrat, who said she’s shocked and will support the women, the Dispatch’s Jim Siegel reports. 

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from state Sen. Sandra Williams’ April 6 financial disclosure. Williams, a Cleveland Democrat, is running for re-election in Senate District 21. 

1. Williams earned $60,584 as senator last year, her only source of income.

2. She serves as vice chairwoman for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.

3. During some point in 2017, Williams owed over $1,000 each to eleven companies including the Credit Union of Ohio, Sam’s Club, Third Federal Bank, Ann Taylor, Federal Loan Servicing Center, Dillard’s, Capital One, Home Shopping Network, Charter One, Wells Fargo and Katzel Dentistry. 

4. Williams racked up $13,398.96 in travel expenses last year, including from the state for her travel between Cleveland and Columbus and for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Women in Government and Urban Agriculture Academy.

5. She reported receiving a plaque from Ohio Jewish Communities, valued at $65.

On the Move

The Ohio Department of Agriculture honored five farming families for their work in conserving soil, water, wildlife and woodland: the Brause Family of Crawford County, Paul and Joanne Mechling of Ashtabula County, Chuck and Diane Hicks of Washington County, the Lohstroh family of Madison and Pickaway counties and T. Wayne Vickers of Pickaway County.

Unice Smith, chief of the Ohio Auditor of State’s Local Government Services Section, on Thursday received a lifetime achievement award from the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association for serving with integrity throughout her career.

Straight From The Source

“In 2008 I thought (the Republican Party) was starting to go off the rails a little bit and what it is today, I just don’t recognize it,” Gasper said on this week’s episode of Ohio Matters. “If somebody tried to describe themselves as a compassionate conservative at this point, I’d have to ask why they even feel the need to use that label.”

-Democrat Theresa Gasper, running against U.S. Rep. Mike Turner in the 10th Congressional District in Dayton. On the Ohio Matters podcast, Gasper why she left the GOP. 

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